As I start the third week back at work, I find myself still motivated to make 2014 a fabulous year. I love this time of year when everything seems a possibility. I want to try and keep that momentum going for a little while longer and maybe, just maybe throughout the rest of the year. So what is MY PROMISE FOR 2014?
I want to finish projects around the cottage.
It may not sound big like a trip to Paris (oh I wish) but the satisfaction that comes with finishing projects is worth the effort.
I took a good look around the cottage over the weekend and started to make a list of things that need to be finished and I can honestly say that every single room was on that list. Some things on the list are big, like renovating the bathroom and smaller projects, like adding shelving in the laundry and touching up paint in the kitchen.
I'd love to know if you have made any promises or resolutions for 2014.
It's my first week back at work after 2 weeks holiday. I had a lovely holiday spending time at home, hanging with family, friends and little Charlie - I think he loved having me around so much xo
I love hosting Christmas Eve at my place, particularly now with the veranda. There is plenty of room for everyone.
The evening is a shared hosting job with my niece, something I look forward to each year.
This year we went with a purple, silver and white theme for the table that we carried across to the ice cream dessert bar. I picked up the purple dessert cups from Big W who had them for $2 each.
We like to keep the table clear to allow lots of space for all of the yummy seafood so my niece hung decorations over the table.
The trees and stars were actually red and white stripe but after some silver spray paint and some purple glitter we had sparkles.
I made the tissue paper garland a couple of nights before Christmas Eve for the dessert bar. They did take a few hours to make but once you've made a couple, you get the hang of it and it becomes so much easier. I chose 2 different shades of purple and silver.
My niece even made the vanilla bean ice cream from scratch and we had lots of topping options like crushed nuts, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, wafers, strawberries, crushed chocolate, crushed picnic, crushed crunchy and I'm sure there was a couple more.
The next day I packed up all the presents under the tree and headed over to my parents (4 mins away) to spend the day with family and enjoy mums baked dinner - in air conditioning, of course!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for 2014.
I have a feeling it's going to be a fabulous year!